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A Study day and the Seminar have been arranged for the second half of 2019 - details below

How Do I Start? Where Do I Go Next?

BQSG Advanced Research Day

Saturday 7th Sept 2019: 10.30 – 16.00

John Woolman Room, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London

This is a full day workshop on how to begin your quilt history research and then follow a research path. The session is suitable for those who wish to start on their chosen topic or have already embarked on research. It will include a discussion on how to uncover more about the topic you are interested in, establish your research question and consider where to go to discover extra information.

There will be a practical session on the use of online resources such as The British Newspaper Archive, London Lives, and genealogical databases and will include tips on recording, storing, organising, analysing and presenting data.

Advice on preparing abstracts for submission to a seminar and writing a research paper including referencing will be covered.  Each attendee will have time to talk about their own work using PowerPoint or from written notes and images and get support, advice and feedback from other attendees.

The study day will be led by Dr Bridget Long, Visiting Research Fellow in History, University of Hertfordshire and Chair of BQSG Research Panel and Anne Jeater, past Chair of BQSG

Information on how to find Friends House, including a map and travel directions, can be found at

Please complete the booking form below.  Spaces are limited, so please book early.

(Please note: Bring your own lunch or there is a café with sandwiches to buy on site)

Advanced Research Day Booking Form



Holiday Inn, Farnborough, GU14 6AZ

25- 27 October 2019

Whatever else may happen in 2019, one reliable source of interest and stimulation is the annual BQSG Seminar.

Although the Research Group is still planning the content of our 2019 Seminar, the Committee is pleased to announce that the Seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn, Lynchford Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6AZ.  This 140-bed hotel has free wi-fi, a fitness centre, indoor pool and ample parking.  It is 6 miles (approx. 17 minutes by car) from the location of our Friday study sessions in Farnham, Surrey.

The study sessions on Friday 25October are at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, GU9 7DS.  Here we will see a range of items (textile and documentary) from the Crafts Study Centre’s own collection, in addition to a selection of items from the (neighbouring) Textiles Collection of UCA Farnham.  As well as items from the Muriel Rose Bequest (which feature in both collections), we will be able to take a close look at a very wide range of textiles. UPDATE: SORRY ALL THESE SESSIONS FOR FRIDAY ARE FULLY BOOKED - THERE ARE STILL PLACES FOR THE SEMINAR ITSELF

As our visit coincides with Farnham’s “October Craft Month”, there will be much else to see of interest, including “The Crafts Study Centre @ 50” exhibition and special exhibits at other town centre locations, such as the New Ashgate Gallery and Farnham Museum.  Further information will be provided when available.

The Crafts Study Centre is adjacent to two large pay & display car parks and is a 15 to 20 minutes’ walk from Farnham Station.  For those travelling by public transport, please indicate on the booking form if you are likely to require transport from Farnham back to the hotel in Farnborough on Friday afternoon, as shared transport may be organised (at a charge).

Please book as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment.  To meet hotel requirements, I must have received your booking and payment by Friday 6 September, 2019

Click here for Programme and to print out Booking Form

Laura Cochran

Seminar Organiser

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Events held earlier in 2019 have been:-

Exploring Research Study Day which took place on 29th June 2019  from 10:30pm to 4:00 pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

A 'Recent Acquisitions' Study Session was held on 30th March 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

Past events during 2018 have been:-


with a study session and visit to St Fagan's National Museum of History



BQSG Introduction to Quilt Research Study Day was held onSaturday 1st September 2018 10.30am. - 4.00pm.

at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW  

JULY 2018

BQSG Quilt Research Study Day was held on Saturday 14th July 2018 10.00am. - 4.00pm.

at Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester M13BB